By on December 1, 2016

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U.S. sales of new vehicles, year-over-year, declined in three consecutive months between August and October 2016.

Forecasters expected November 2016 to be a much brighter month thanks to buoyant incentives, a lack of post-election economic turmoil, and a lengthier sales month. Indeed, auto sales rose by nearly 4 percent thanks in no small part to big gains at General Motors, America’s highest-volume manufacturer of automobiles.

Hyundai-Kia, including the new Genesis luxury brand, jumped 9 percent, an increase of nearly 10,000 sales compared with November 2015. Toyota Motor Corp., American Honda, Nissan/Infiniti, and the Ford Motor Company all produced meaningful gains, as well.

Among volume brands, Volkswagen’s 24-percent leap forward was most notable. Compared with the results reported by Volkswagen one year ago, in the immediate aftermath of the diesel emissions scandal, this looks like a positive step forward. But keep in mind, compared with November 2014, Volkswagen sales last month were down by more than 6 percent.

Kia, GMC, Ram, and Subaru also reported double-digit percentage increases.

The sharp downturn at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continued in November as Ram became the only FCA brand to sell more new vehicles this November than during the same period one year ago. Even Jeep, up 12 percent through 2016’s first three-quarters, was down 12 percent in October. Chrysler’s 47-percent slide was the most obvious of the major losses. BMW and Mini combined for a 16-percent decline.

The Ford F-Series was America’s best-selling vehicle line in November. The Toyota Corolla barely nudged the Toyota Camry out of top spot among cars with help from the former Scion iM. The Toyota RAV4 was the top-selling utility vehicle.

Auto Brand November 2016 November 2015 % Change 2016 YTD 2015 YTD % Change
Acura
 11,616 12,244 -5.1% 144,212 160,342 -10.1%
Alfa Romeo
23 34 -32.4% 464 603 -23.1%
Audi
17,118 16,700 2.5% 187,018 181,803 2.9%
BMW
 26,189 32,003 -18.2% 280,339 311,398 -10.0%
Buick
18,530 15,960 16.1% 208,343 202,347 3.0%
Cadillac
15,326 13,390 14.5% 148,560 154,480 -3.8%
Chevrolet
 169,675 156,907 8.1% 1,883,551 1,936,553 -2.7%
Chrysler
14,518 27,275  -46.8% 215,196 293,369 -26.6%
Dodge
34,075 42,955 -20.7% 470,529 481,084 -2.2%
Fiat
 2,415 2,826  -14.5% 30,136  37,303 -19.2%
Ford 187,012  178,971 4.5% 2,262,493 2,275,109 -0.6%
Genesis
 1,306 5,215
GMC
49,113 43,039 14.1% 483,213 498,756 -3.1%
Honda
111,308 103,197 7.9% 1,333,253 1,275,316 4.5%
Hyundai
61,201 60,007 2.0% 707,485 698,202 1.3%
Infiniti
12,112 11,694 3.6% 120,095 118,405 1.4%
Jaguar
 3,381 1,065 217% 26,949 13,269 103%
Jeep
67,285 76,689  -12.3% 843,217 784,040 7.5%
Kia
52,504 45,553  15.3% 593,245 571,577 3.8%
Land Rover
 5,659 6,539 -13.5% 65,582 62,141 5.5%
Lexus
29,050 29,340 -1.0% 290,046 303,221 -4.3%
Lincoln
 9,429 7,918 19.1% 98,933 90,367 9.5%
Maserati
1,380 1,084 27.3% 10,838 10,625 2.0%
Mazda
 22,041 22,732 -3.0% 269,019  289,889 -7.2%
Mercedes-Benz °
 30,363 30,043  1.1%  308,226  308,885  -0.2% 
Mercedes-Benz Vans °
2,564  2,770  -7.4%  30,444  25,843  17.8% 
Total Mercedes-Benz °
 32,927 32,813 0.3% 338,670 334,728 1.2%
Mini
4,507 4,444 1.4% 47,372 53,505 -11.5%
Mitsubishi
6,896 6,772 1.8% 88,884 87,455 1.6%
Nissan
103,024 95,389 8.0% 1,291,585 1,227,213 5.2%
Porsche
 5,513 4,450 23.9% 50,265 47,820 5.1%
Ram
42,511  37,952 12.0% 492,254 442,554 11.2%
Smart
 563 662 -15.0% 5,025 6,815 -26.3%
Subaru
 51,308 46,070 11.4% 551,955 526,401 4.9%
Scion °
170  1,702  -90.0%  11,925  31,086  -61.6% 
Toyota °
168,425  158,475  6.3%  1,904,388  1,926,660  -1.2% 
Toyota
168,595 160,177 5.3% 1,916,313 1,957,746 -2.1%
Volkswagen
29,672 23,882 24.2% 285,719 318,484 -10.3%
Volvo
 7,723 6,902 11.9% 72,595 60,705 19.6%
 —
BMW-Mini
30,696 36,447 -15.8% 327,711 364,903 -10.2%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
160,827 187,731 -14.3% 2,051,796  2,038,953 0.6%
DaimlerAG
33,490 33,475 0.0%  343,695 341,543 0.6%
Ford Motor Co.
196,441  186,889 5.1% 2,361,426  2,365,476 -0.2%
General Motors
252,644 229,296 10.2% 2,723,667 2,792,136 -2.5%
Honda Motor Co.
122,924 115,441 6.5% 1,477,465 1,435,658 2.9%
Hyundai-Kia
115,011  105,560 9.0% 1,305,945 1,269,779 2.8%
Jaguar-Land Rover
 9,040 7,604 18.9% 92,531 75,410 22.7%
Nissan Motor Co.
 115,136 107,083 7.5% 1,411,680 1,345,618 4.9%
Toyota Motor Corp.
 197,645 189,517 4.3% 2,206,359 2,260,967 -2.4%
Volkswagen Group *
52,690 45,220  16.5% 525,176 550,212 -4.6%
Industry Total
1,378,635
1,330,460
3.6%
15,850,640
15,844,222
 0.04%

Source: Manufacturers

[Image Source: Subaru]

* Volkswagen Group includes sales figures for Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Volkswagen brands

° Mercedes-Benz USA releases sales figures for the Mercedes-Benz brand in the conventional sense, vans excluded, as well as totals for the Metris and Sprinter vans. The complete picture is included here.

° Scion’s sales figures are now folded in to Toyota’s, but the Scion brand here includes sales of outgoing Scions as well as Scions that are becoming Toyotas. We have included the complete picture for clarity’s sake.

** Industry total takes into account Automotive News figures/estimates for brands such as Tesla (2,250 November units) and other low-volume, high-priced manufacturers.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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46 Comments on “U.S. Auto Sales Brand-By-Brand Results: November 2016 YTD...”


  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Looks like that change to aluminum is really hurting Ford pickup sales.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Sales are so poor they are in real danger of exceeding production capacity.

      Actually I am curious why everyone must have one, apparently.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        Matches their beer cans?

        Gotta feel like you are saving the world.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        If I were buying a truck, the F-150 is the one I’d buy. I’m no truck fan and I think it still looks cool.

        • 0 avatar
          yamahog

          Yeah, a big cab F-150 with the 2.7 ecoboost is more roomy than my full size sedan, about as quick to 60 / through the 1/4 mile, and gets comparable mileage (according to the EPA).

          I don’t see myself shelling out for a truck anytime soon but it’s amazing you get that mix of power, efficiency, and utility.

          • 0 avatar
            gtemnykh

            yamahog I agree. I still lean towards the SUV body style for ultimate utility (more passenger possibilities, better for dogs, can recline rear row of seats) but on the other hand I much prefer the pickup truck’s more off-road centric bent (solid rear axles, availability of rear lockers on the F150s). When I went test driving fullsizers this summer, the F150 stood out to me as the overall goldilocks choice, with the Tundra Crewmax in the running as well. I wasn’t sold on the Ecoboost 3.5 in terms of response (potentially a transmission tuning thing too), the Ram Hemi + 8spd struck me as the best powertrain in terms of how it drove.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            gtemnykh – I’ve heard the same thing said about the 6.2 Chevy.
            I had an EB 3.5 SuperCrew rental for a little over a week and I was impressed with the power. In some respects the power delivery felt similar to my 5.4 but just way more power. It felt faster if one rolled the throttle on and avoiding a downshift.

            It did not have much compression braking.I found that it would need to be at least a gear lower than my 5.4 to hold speed on a steep downhill. Mind you, I found that the Pentastar V6 I test drove didn’t have much compression braking either.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Acura went to all aluminum?

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      @Lou_BC
      It would appear the ” Big 3″ are GM,Toyota and Ford in that order. Aluminium or chewing gum has little relevance to why Ford is trending down. I expect Toyota in the coming years to be even more dominate. I wonder if it’s dominance in the NASCAR competition could be a contributing factor?

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        RobertRyan – It appears that Toyota products with the exception of the Tundra are well accepted in the USA and Canada for that matter. NASCAR has a huge audience in the USA.

        • 0 avatar
          Mandalorian

          I objectively like pickups such as the new F150, but when I think about my usage of such a vehicle a Suburban/Expedition really makes a lot more sense. It’s seriously hard to think of a better rounded vehicle than one of the GM fullsize SUV triplets. They can do really just about anything that can be asked of a vehicle, very impressed with the new generation.

  • avatar
    brettc

    VW is on track to barely break 300K in sales this year. In Subaruland, that’s January through June’s sales numbers…

  • avatar
    Corollaman

    Nissan quietly doing better than all other Japanese brands.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Wow. Porsche has made nice gains (Macan?). And who exactly are the 464 folks that bought Alfas this year?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “** Industry total takes into account Automotive News figures/estimates for brands such as Tesla (2,250 November units) and other low-volume, high-priced manufacturers.”

    I see this notation, but Tesla is now outselling 7 other brands YTD, without even being listed in the table. Couldn’t an estimate of their volume be posted in the chart with a footnote saying it’s an estimate due to the company’s disinterest in reporting monthly numbers?

    I mean, they’re not exactly Pagani.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    5 of 11 months in 2016 have beaten the same month in 2015, yet YTD sales are flat due to the other 6 months which were down.

    Incentives and terms are larger than before. We’re at Peak Car.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Chrysler is rapidly becoming a zombie brand. We have the Pacifica and….and………..well, if you want RWD mobster mobile based on a 2-generations ago Mercedes chassis we have the 300 and……….

    OK, we got the Pacifica!

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Hey, I contributed one sale on this list!

  • avatar
    zip94513

    I’m impressed. The sales were way higher than I speculated. Not seeing many new vehicles where I live and I’m in an area with some cash.

  • avatar
    readallover

    I was really hoping that Chevrolet sales would collapse so they would drop their idiotic Focus Group TV ads.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    At some point, we are going to have to face an inconvenient truth: Subaru knows what they are doing.

  • avatar
    DearS

    Used car prices are also very good right now. An current Gen Accord, Fusion, Camry, Sonata etc. can be have for around have the price with only 2 years mileage (30k), that to me is a bargain if you need a reliable vehicle for work and family.

  • avatar
    punkybrewstershubby aka Troy D.

    I feel good because I also contributed to the list this month for the first time in about… 10 years.

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    I foresee BMW pulling out all the stops this month to move some of their inventory bloat.

    Which, for those that leased a BMW 3 years ago, this is great news! They may be able to get a new lease for less $$ per month than their current.

    Someone had mentioned, peak car. I am not sure about that, but I respectfully ask: Have we reached peak BMW? A step further: Have we reached peak luxury car (Lexus was down as well)?

  • avatar
    seanx37

    Should we start an FCA Deathwatch?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Camaro just had its worst month in *2* years, and still has 5 months of inventory on-hand. So much for the ballyhoo about October’s sales.

    GM, when will you take a 3-month break from building Camaros?

    Meanwhile, Mustang has just 1.5 months of inventory, meaning Ford is well-prepared for the slow winter months.

  • avatar
    jthorner

    Can we start a Mazda death watch? How do they stay in the market selling volumes less than 20% of what the Japanese majors do?


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